Michelle L. Blakely, PhD
Director, Disability Services
Editorial Board Member – Research in Social and Administrative Pharmacy (RSAP)
Hello, please allow me to introduce myself and tell you a little about my background. My name is Michelle Blakely, and I hold a Ph.D. in Social and Behavioral Sciences and a M.Ed. in Counseling from Auburn University. I graduated Summa Cum Laude with Psychology Departmental Honors from the University of South Alabama. I am a Motivational Interviewing expert and have extensive experience teaching it to a variety of health care professionals including physicians, pharmacists, nurse practitioners, case managers, and counselors. I also am an active scholar, having authored numerous peer-reviewed journal articles and an interdisciplinary book (Socio-Physics: Applying the Natural Sciences to Criminal Justice and Penology, Revised/Expanded Edition, 2017) that combines the natural and social sciences to increase our understanding of human behavior.
I was faculty at the University of Connecticut (UConn) in the Department of Pharmacy Practice before my arrival at Truman. While at UConn, my fields of specialization included social and behavioral sciences, communications, and patient health care. I have delivered lectures at Yale-New Haven Hospital (Yale University), the Lincoln Medical Center (NYC), and Virginia Commonwealth University. Other presentations were delivered to audiences at the American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy (AACP) Annual Meetings and Seminars and the American Pharmacists Association Annual Conferences.
In 2008, I received the WalMart/AACP Annual Conference Scholarship to encourage my commitment to higher education and healthcare disciplines. Since then, I have served as an annual reviewer for this prestigious award. I am also a former American Foundation for Pharmaceutical Education Fellow. Additionally, I am a lifetime member of Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society.
Outside Truman, Michelle enjoys spending time with her husband, Dr. Curtis Blakely (Justice Systems), and their five children on the family farm.
As Director of Disability Services, my primary objective is to provide and coordinate services that help students maximize their educational potential and to ensure that they have the opportunity to participate in all aspects of the Truman experience.